Sugar and starch: they underlie not only our modern obesity epidemic, but also, to a surprising degree, much of our scourge of modern chronic diseases: diabetes, heart disease, PCOS, even cancer and Alzheimer's.
Generally speaking, a diet that restricts sugar and starch can be termed a low-carb diet.
"diet," I don't just mean a reducing diet, followed for weight loss (or
"slimming" as they say in the U.K.). The health benefits of cutting
carbs are numerous.
The story of how sugar and starch became
widely available, first to a few scattered groups of humans, and
ultimately across the globe in a myriad of forms, is no less than the
story of human civilization itself. It's a story of wealth and conquest,
slavery and disease, luxury and overcrowding, environmental bounty and
Over the past fifty or so years, another story has
played out as well: the demonization of fat. That's a story of politics
and personality, where the views of a charismatic few pravailed, and the
findings of the less socially adept became buried, despised, ridiculed.
It's a story of how frighteningly easy it was to subvert the great body
of human opinion, grounded in millennia of experience and common sense,
enshrined in lore and literature ("the fat of the land" is a positive
image, for instance) -- to do no less than brainwash the general public
to accept the notion that dietary fat is, as a general thing, harmful.
Millions of thoughtful folk have reduced the calories from fat in their
diets, nearly always to replace them with calories from carbohydrate.
Obesity and other ill effects have soared during this time.
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